Eco tourism Papers and Articles
- National Library of Australia - Trove. “Find and get over 385,217,890 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.” If there's an outdated, 404'd url, or link reference to an academic publication, chances are you'll now find it archived here.
- Sustainable Tourism Online (STO) is a comprehensive online information resource delivering substantial research, data and tools within three main sustainability themes – Destinations and Communities, Business Operations, and Parks & Culture. [It also offers] relevant information and knowledge on broader sustainability tourism topics.
- Ecotourism: Ethical Operation or Cultural Exploitation? By Kylie Schultz 02/01/13 "When it comes to the international tourism industry, an emerging sector seems to be in increasingly high demand: ecotourism. The desire for pristine environments and exotic cultural encounters by increasingly affluent consumers is propelling communities, governments, and travel companies to provide for such opportunities. Yet ecotourism does not only seek to allow travellers to experience remote environments and cultures. It is also supposed to be more ethical."
Track: Biodiversity Conservation and Ecotourism Noel
Preece, Penny van Oosterzee and David James
have done a very thorough job. A must read
for anyone serious about being involved in
nature based tourism and ecotourism in Australia.
- See also Department of the Environment Publications archive A treasure trove of papers and publications.
Tourism - A Manual for Sustainable Development (1997)
It would be nice if this report was also
available as a zip file, to be able to download
it in one fell swoop. This report includes
analysis of a number of now well developed
Australian resorts, including a couple of
large scale marina resort developments claiming
"This practical manual is designed to help
tourism developers and operators, and officers
in local government and other authorities who play
a role in the development approval process. The
manual will help these sectors work together and
with other relevant experts and professionals to
develop and operate coastal tourism ventures that
are 'good' for the environment and the community
or region that hosts them, and also 'good' for
tour operator's dilemma: Keeping the customer
happy while not disturbing the wildlife. Originally
presented at the 2002 EAA International Ecotourism
Conference in Cairns, Ronda Green asks "...
as a tour operator, I really want to know
what effect we have on the wildlife. Are
our activities gradually affecting the wildlife
in ways that will either improve visitor
experience or might they ultimately destroy
the very things we are trying to show them?
Are the animals going to start avoiding the
areas we use? Are they going to behave less
naturally? Are we likely to cause, however
gradually, any changes to their habitat?"
- Animal Ethics Infolink (Australia)
Animal Research Review Panel and NSW
Agriculture's Animal Welfare Unit Animal
Ethics Committees (AECs) Wildlife
Multicultural Landscape: National Parks and
the Macedonian Experience "Ethnic
diversity of contemporary Australia is reflected
in the wide range of people who use our parks.
While this sometimes causes tension between
park visitors and staff, it also points to
the diverse ways in which park landscapes
are being used and valued. Their role in
consolidating ideas of community – their
value as social spaces – must be recognised." A
thorough and revealing study about how social
heritage impacts on how a landscape is perceived
and used by various cultural communities. See also the Migration
- Queensland Tourism and Events Sustainability and Climate Change. Lot's
of valuable info. including case studies,
self help kits and best practice guides for
suitable for intending and established operators,
students and academics, for free (most in
PDF only) and links to resources targeted
primarily at operators.
Tourism at Heritage Places: a guide for tourism
operators, heritage managers and communities "The
Australian Heritage Commission and the Department
of Industry, Science and Resources with the
asssistance of the Cooperative Research Centre
for Sustainable Tourism have over the years
explored issues of common concern about the
responsible use of Australia's heritage places
for tourism. This guide provides information
to help people more clearly understand the
issues involved and includes practical pointers
for those aiming at successful and responsible
tourism at heritage places." Link goes
to index page where you can download the
guide (1.2 MB PDF), or order the hard copy.
[Wildlife Tourism Australia] WTA Second Annual
Workshop"Wildlife Tourism and Conservation:
The Perfect Marriage?" APRIL 17-19, 2005. Most papers and presentations from the conference
are available, all in PDF, and while focused on
Australian conditions, they will be useful to anyone
operating or interested in wildlife tourism.
- The Green Hotels and Responsible Tourism Initiative "is an educational resource designed to help travelers, hoteliers, and local communities develop and promote environmental, social, and cultural sustainability by increasing awareness of issues affecting tourism and showcasing best green practices for hoteliers."
Tourism Case Studies. An
extensive directory of
and Organisation Reports,
with summaries and links
to source publications.
- BBC Travel A search for stories and features tagged "Eco-tourism", includes the usual gamet of travelogue style stories.
to UNWTO Publications "UNWTO
studies, reports and guidelines are the outcome
of the broad span of activities the World
Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is carrying
out throughout the year. Most of the studies
and reports produced can also be purchased
Barkin: Ecotourism - A Tool for Sustainable
development If you're a fan of the "trickle
down" economic development theory and
think that unfettered globalisation is the
best thing since sliced bread, don't waste
your bandwidth visiting is this even handed,
thoughtful and well referenced paper
the Travelling Community and the Investor Presented
by Noah Shepard at the 9th PATA Adventure
Travel and Ecotourism Conference, Malaysia,
1997. The potentials and perils of
ecotourism in a nutshell, and still one of
the most relevant introductory articles on
ecotourism available online.
EVALUATION OF ECOLODGES IN THE BRAZILIAN
AMAZON, by Luciana Coelho Marques, presented
at the Cuarta Feria Ecoturistica y de Produccion
15 – 23 Julio, 2000 Buena Noche de
Hato Nuevo, Manoguayabo, Santo Domingo, D.N.,
Republica Dominicana. "This paper
discusses ecotourism and identifies ecolodge
criteria. ... Based on the criteria developed,
twelve lodges situated in Amazonas’ Ecotourism
Hub were evaluated and compared." An
excellent paper, which should now serve as
an historical bench mark. Hosted by
KISKEYA ALTERNATIVA, see also their extensive publications
list of ecotourism/sustainable tourism
Publicaciones | Publications in Spanish and
- Sold out The Guardian Travel Section
Special Report by Sue Wheat. Originally published
in May 2002, this story reports on the nasty
downside of ecotourism exploitation, when
financial and development interests corrupt
the concepts of ecotourism,
usually at the expense of the environment,
local communities and their cultures.
EplerWood International Publications “EplerWood International research and publication program focuses on ethical markets, investment, and triple bottom line monitoring of ecotourism and sustainable tourism. We develop and collaborate on state-of-the art information to help generate the most practical and realistic approaches to achieving triple bottom line benefits. We seek to create an environment where consultants, NGOs, researchers and business people work together to develop the most useful information tools for the development of ecotourism and sustainable tourism worldwide." From one of the founders of The International Ecotourism
- The Global
Development Research Center (GDRC) distills
the essence of "sustainable"
and "eco" tourism, and provides a veritable
feast of resources to enjoy. Students and
operators will find the Sustainable Tourism Info
Sheets useful. "Sustainable tourism in its
purest sense, is an industry which attempts to
make a low impact on the environment and local
culture, while helping to generate income, employment,
and the conservation of local ecosystems. It is
responsible tourism which is both ecologically
and culturally sensitive."
Development of Environmental Tourism A
thorough briefing on how you become a world
class ecotourism tour operator from the folks
at Sea Canoe, who showed us all how it should
- Ecotourism: the Promise and Perils of Environmentally-Oriented Travel (Released February 2003) by Heather E. Lindsay. Lot's of cited references.
- Promoting Tourism in Rural America From the USDA Rural Information Center “...covers the major issues in rural tourism including agritourism, cultural/heritage tourism, ecotourism, planning, marketing, economic impact and more. It provides web links to more than fifty full-text "how to" information guides, manuals, and handbooks for assisting local officials, communities, and citizens involved in tourism development and includes a section of resources organizations.”
Development of Ecotourism Web-Conference International Year of Ecotourism 2002. Organized
by UNEP and WTO. Now missing images, the final summary report for this
very successful online conference, still provides a good benchmark and plenty
of observations and food for thought regarding
perennial ecotourism issues. Espanol || Francias
See also "What is Ecotourism?",
Recreation and Adventure Activities, Sustainability, Tourism
Research Resources and Tourism Planning and Other Tourism Resources